Yamaha’s new X-MAX 400

New scoot is a com­fort­able com­muter and a blast at week­ends

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The ex­ec­u­tive scooter mar­ket is a com­pet­i­tive place, as con­sumers want a bike ca­pa­ble of com­mut­ing and fun week­end rides. Yamaha say their new X-MAX 400 is the an­swer.

Yamaha had made the X-MAX feel like a car, so the fit and fin­ish have to be of that qual­ity, while even the dash looks like it’s been pinched from a four-wheeler. It’s got key­less ignition that al­lows you to un­lock the bike and seat, as well as start the engine, without re­mov­ing the key from your pocket. It’s more com­pact than the old model and has shed 5kg, but still re­tains the same level of stor­age, in­clud­ing un­der­seat space for two hel­mets.

The 33bhp 400cc engine has re­mained largely un­changed, apart from a few Euro4 up­dates. If you do get a lit­tle car­ried away, there’s trac­tion con­trol and ABS as stan­dard. There are small han­dling changes too, thanks to a new fork. Ex­pect to pay around £6000.

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